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The Great Dalmuti

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  • 80-card commercial deck contains cards ranked from 12 to 1, along with two jokers
  • Each card bears a number, which is not only its rank, but also tells you how many of that card exists in the deck
  • A light card game where players gain status by going out first
  • Seat positions change and the cards are re-dealt
  • Person who first got rid of all his cards becomes The Great Dalmuti
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  • Product Dimensions: 5 x 3.8 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Shipping: This item is also available for shipping to select countries outside the U.S.
  • ASIN: B000BZB56W
  • Item model number: 936851
  • Manufacturer recommended age: 8 years and up
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,031 in Toys & Games (See Top 100 in Toys & Games)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (108 customer reviews)
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Life isn't fair...Why should a game be?

Players take their places in the pecking order, from Greater Peon to Greater Dalmuti, and try to ditch the cards in their hands. From this simple concept comes an ingenious game by Richard Garfield.

What (or Who) is The Great Dalmuti?

Easy to learn and quick to play, The Great Dalmuti is a social card game based on the premise that life isn't fair.

 The faster you get rid of the cards in your hand, the higher your social class will be in the following hand, and having a higher social standing has definite advantages in the game.

Watch out--the last player to run out of cards has to be the Greater Peon, the lowest rank of all, who has to shuffle, deal, and collect the cards, as well as tend to the needs of the Greater Dalmuti!

The Great Dalmuti is perfect for family or group entertainment and can be played by anyone over eight years old.

  • 80-card commercial deck contains cards ranked from 12 to 1, along with two jokers
  • Each card bears a number, which is not only its rank, but also tells you how many of that card exists in the deck
  • A light card game where players gain status by going out first
  • Seat positions change and the cards are re-dealt
  • Person who first got rid of all his cards becomes The Great Dalmuti
  • Product Measures 5 x 3.8 x 0.8 inches ; 5.1 ounces
  • Recommended Ages:  8+

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It's easy to learn and fun to play.
V. Kazak
When this happens the Great Peon has to give her/his two most powerful cards (not including jesters) to the Greater Dalmuti.
ARH
This is a great game that my friends and family love.
kman

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By whopado on December 31, 2005
My friends and I have been playing this games for years. The rules are simple, the play is quick, and the perks and penalties add to the fun. Our Great Dalmuti has a tall top hat to wear and a leather armchair to sit on. The Greater Peon has a pathetic floppy cap and a hard stool. We have been playing with the German version, since that was the only one I could find back then. I'm glad the English version is back in print.
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Michael T. Simmons on November 23, 2005
This game is SO fun!!! I played it a whole lot back when it first came out about 10 years ago. Wore out the cards! It's best with 5 to 8 people, so it's not one that you'll just be playing with your sweetheart, but it's absolutely a BLAST when you have 5 or more. It's simple - VERY simple. Luck is required but a little (LITTLE!) bit of strategy comes into it too. The rounds are over very quickly - probably about 5 minute rounds, and the seating order changes each round based on who goes out first. Go out first and you're the "Great Dalmuti" the next round. Take your choice of the best chair, make everybody pay you tribute! Especially "The Great Peon!" (Last person to go out last round). We would always play up the role of higher and lower classes, peons not allowed to talk directly to dalmuti's, etc. (It's more fun that way) Awesome party game or a great family game if you have enough people.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By D. Sellers on November 28, 2006
We've been playing this game for nearly 13 years. We find it's much more fun when you get in to character. Make the peon stand and the dalmuti gets the most comfy chair. find a crown for the dalmuti, too, if you can!

Our children are finally old enough to join in on the play, so it makes for excellent family time.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By George Anderson on March 3, 2011
Do you like to play Scum? Do you wish there was a different version that has it's own deck and art? Well, the Great Dalmuti is the game for you!
A fun and simple trick taking game where the lower numbered card or multiple of that card wins the trick allowing the winner to start the next hand. the first player to get rid of all their cards is crowned the Great Dalmuti and the last person out is scum or in this case the Greater Peon. At the start of the next hand the Great Peon gives their best two cards to the Great Dalmuti, who in turn give the them any two cards that they want. The Lesser Dalmuti and Lesser Peon only exchange one card each.
Here's the twist, cards are numbered one through twelve with there being only one one card and twelve twelve cards. The one card is the most powerful but if the hand is two of a kind then if a player has both twos they have the highest hand unless the player with the one card also has a jester which is a wild card.

Pros: Easy game to learn and play
Extra fun when everyone changes seats and the peons get crummy chairs

Cons: A simple game to play
Once you play Tichu it will be hard to go back to this one

Final Thoughts: Just have a good time with this one!
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This game has been a favorite of ours for game parties for quite a while.

"The Great Dalmuti" is based on medieval class structure, which was, of course, not equitable at all. In those days there were royalty, merchants, and peasants. Similarly, in this game there is the royalty, referred to as the "Greater Dalmuti" and the "Lesser Dalmuti." There are also players representing merchants, and one player designated as the "Lesser Peon" and one designated as the "Greater Peon", i.e., the peasants.

As you might guess, being one of the royalty is great - you get to collect taxes from the peons, but being a peon stinks - you have to pay taxes to the royalty. Being a merchant is OK, but you don't get in on the whole tax collecting scene, though, at the same time you don't have to pay any taxes either.

All right, here's how the game works. This is a card game that we have played with as many as 10 people at a time, though it seems to work best with between 5 and 8 players, as indicated in the rules.

The card deck includes one-1, two-2s, three-3s, and so on up to twelve-12s. The 12s are the weakest cards in the deck, and the one is the most powerful. There are also two jester cards. These cards, if played by themselves, are weaker than a twelve, but when played with another card a jester card takes on the value of any card it is played with.

Play proceeds as follows:
1) When you get ready to play the first round the players need to be seated. This is done as each player draws a card from the deck. The player drawing the lowest numbered (and thus the most powerful card) become the Greater Dalmuti, and so on, so that the player drawing the weakest card becomes the Greater Peon.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Kris on October 26, 2010
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This is a hilarious card game and very easy to play. We took it a bit further and bought funny, crazy hats to wear for the two top players and the bottom two players. The hats make it even more fun!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By kman on November 17, 2009
This is a great game that my friends and family love. Basically this is a more fancy version of a game commonly played with regular playing cards so that there is one card of the highest number and then two 'two' cards and three 'three' cards...and so on down the line up to twelve. Each card is a medieval character. The 'one' is the crown of the Great Dalmuti.

You sit in order of your ranking so the highest rank is the Great Dalmuti and the lowest is the 'muckracker.'

Cards are dealt out evenly among all players. You play your cards in order around the table and you can beat others by playing a higher card. Cards can be played in sets of the same kind--i.e. three 'three' cards. You cannot play different cards at the same time. Play continues until everyone passes or the Great Dalmuti card is played. At the next game you are reseated in the order that you played out your hand--i.e. if you played out your hand first you are the new Great Dalmuti, etc. down through all players with the last player being the lowest ranking player next time.

It is a fun game and we always get a good laugh at it every time we play. It is fairly easy for children to learn. You can spice it up by acting like the rank you represent or talking with an accent or wearing a funny hat.

I recommend this game!
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